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Mary Peace

Dr Mary Peace

Senior Lecturer


I am a lecturer in eighteenth-century English literature with a specialism in sentimental discourse and material culture.



I am a lecturer in English Literature in the Department of Humanities. I have published widely on sentimental discourse and material culture in the eighteenth century. I am currently a cultural history entitled Sofas, Self and the Rise of the Novel.



Department of Humanities

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Over the past five years I have been involved in co-organising a series of day conferences with the Chawton House project and the University of Southampton. Jews and Romanticism (Senate House, February 2006)

Romantic-era Writing for Children (Senate House London, May 2004)

De Stäel's Corinne: A day-conference (Senate House, London, Nov. 2003)

English Literature, Department of Humanities 


English Literature and English Studies 


Literature of the Eighteenth Century and Romantic Era; The Gothic; Books Matter; The Literature of Things 



My current research project is a cultural history of the sofa in the eighteenth century.



Peace, M. (2002). Epicures in rural pleasures: desire, dissent and sentimental economy in Sarah Scott's Millennium Hall. Women's writing, 9 (2), 305-316.

Quinn, V., & peace, M. (1997). Luxurious sexualities. Textual Practice, 11 (3), 405-416.

Book chapters

Peace, M. (2018). The “Adam Smith problem” and the retreat of sentimental virtue from the world. In Adelman, R., & Packham, C. (Eds.) Political economy, literature & the formation of knowledge, 1720-1850. (pp. 159-182). New York: Routledge:

Peace, M. (2016). The Economy of Nymphomania: Luxury, Virtue, Sentiment and Desire in Mid-Eighteenth Century Medical Discourse. In At the Borders of the Human Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period. Palgrave Macmillan

(2015). Figuring the London Magdalen House: Mercantilist Hospital, Sentimental Asylum or Proto-Evangelical Penitentiary? In Prostitution and Eighteenth-Century Culture. (pp. 155-170). Routledge:

Peace, M. (2013). Sentimentality in the Service of Methodism: John Wesley’s Abridgment of Henry Brooke’s The Fool of Quality (1765–1770). In McInelly, B.C. (Ed.) Religion in the age of enlightenment. New York: AMS Press, Inc:

Peace, M. (2012). "On the soft beds of luxury most kingdoms have expired": 1759 and the lives of prostitutes. In Regan, S. (Ed.) Reading 1795 : literary culture in mid-eighteenth- century Britain and France. (pp. 75-94). Lanham, Md: Bucknell University Press

Peace, M. (2011). Asylum, reformatory or penitentiary? : secular sentiments vs proto-evangelical religion in The Histories of Some of the Penitents in the Magdalen House (1760). In Lewis, A., & Ellis, M. (Eds.) Prostitution and eighteenth-century culture : sex, commerce and morality. London: Pickering and Chatto

Peace, M. (2000). Prostitution and the growth of desire : the rise and fall of sentimental economics in the eighteenth century. In Wheeler, W. (Ed.) The Political Subject Essays on the Self from Art, Politics and Science. Lawrence & Wishart Limited


(n.d.). Anti-Jacobin Novels, Part II, Volume 10. Routledge.

Scholarly editions

(2005). The Infernal Quixote: A Tale of the Day. Pickering and Chatto.

Theses / Dissertations

Khan, H. (2016). Masculinity and the whoremonger in mid-eighteenth century memoirs does whoremongering conform to contemporary ideals of masculinity? (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Peace, M.

Other publications

London, A. (2022). The Cambridge Guide to the English Novel, 1680-1820. Cambridge University Press

Peace, M. (2022). Review of The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century architecture of intimacy, by Danielle Bobker [Book review]. Aphra Behn Society:

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising a PhD by Rose Hilton on the passions and the idea of the self in eighteenth century play texts by women. 


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